Amber Valley Ramblers Derbyshire

Leading the way in Amber Valley

Walk Diary Sunday 29 April 2018 Weather, 8°C. Fair.
Strines Bridge Depart 10.09a.m. 11 ½ miles Leaders: Frankie and Janet
No. on walk 7

On leaving home it was overcast and raining and the prospect for a good days walking seemed to be remote. However, after an hours drive and thirty five miles under our belts, the roads had become dry and there was even a hint of sunshine breaking through the clouds. Fortunately it stayed like that for the rest of the day, the brisk wind was cold, whilst we were on the tops but in more sheltered spots, you could feel the warmth of the sun at times. We started a little late, this due to travelling times and delays.

I always use the correct names for places when writing these reports, as they are recorded on the ordnance survey maps, although sometimes I wouldn’t blame you if you thought otherwise. We set off from Brogging End walking north of Strines Reservoir to Brogging, it was here that we found a deserted building (pictured) which seemed tome to deserve a better fate, rustic, rural call it what you want, but at sometime in the past it had been built well and had a life. We crossed over the footbridges at Stubbing and walked the Dale Dyke reservoir side path to Dale Road. Dale Dyke Reservoir breached its dam, we read from the information boards, in 1864 with a great loss of life, there are several memorials to this fact.

We entered into the pretty and well kept village of Low Bradfield, the village toilets were open and plenty of good seating around the cricket ground, so we stopped in comfort for our morning break. With the break over we climbed our way up to High Bradfield, aided by steps and walled paths which culminated in the field below the fine parish church of St. Nicholas. Our way took us around the perimeter of the church, the path crossing through the graveyards on the north side. We then took the path below Bailey Hill and on to Rocher Head, finally stopping for lunch after crossing the road above Mortimer House. With six mile completed we had a fine lunch sitting in a small hollow, sheltered from the wind with the sun beaming down on us.

The next three miles was over open moorland along a good track called Dukes Road, which we followed to Flint Hill continuing on to the next high point 498mt. At Cartledge Flat. From here we made a sort of Bee line on plantation tracks to exit the onto the road near to Strines Bridge, it was just a short walk along the road back to the roadside parked cars.

The good terrain under foot made for a fairly pacey walk at times, but his didn’t stop us from pausing to view some interesting points. Grouse and Curlew were both seen and heard as were some early visitors such as Swallows and House Martins. New born lambs, gambolling on lush grassy fields, always good to watch. In the Bradfields there were very many people out with families and dogs, but across the moor sections, we didn’t see a soul. Sees strange all this wonderful open space and lots of folks crowded into two small villages, oh alright there was a pub and an ice cream van, which I didn’t see until it was too late. A great walk and worth the journey, even got home with clean boots!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018